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Ridgeland man accused of raping, kidnapping 12yo

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(Source: Jasper County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Jasper County Sheriff's Office)
JASPER COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A 31-year-old Ridgeland man is being held on $150,000 bond after being arrested on kidnapping and statutory rape charges involving a 12-year-old Jasper County girl.

Flowood police officers arrested James Toxie Yelverton Sunday after spotting his truck.

Authorities say Yelverton and the child met and communicated online and arranged a meeting in Bay Springs Saturday. Deputies say the two spent the night together at a Bay Springs motel.

The child's grandparents notified local authorities after she didn't return home overnight.

Deputies turned the child over to the Mississippi Department of Human Services. She has since been placed with other relatives.

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